Babyscripts App Provides Convenient Care for Expectant Mothers

By Julia Shillinglaw

Grace Balding reads a book to her toddlerGrace Balding and her family are getting ready for the arrival of their second baby boy. Grace is a stay-at-home mom, and her family temporarily has only one vehicle. This becomes a problem when Grace has to go to one of the many doctor’s visits she has scheduled with her OB/GYN. A friend of Grace’s recommended the Babyscripts app as a solution to the problem. It’s an app designed for pregnant mothers to keep track of vital signs such as weight and blood pressure. It also sends that data straight to their doctor’s office and cuts down on the number of appointments they have to attend. Dr...

ADHD in Children

By Bobbi Conner

Dr. Claire MacGeorgeThis week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Claire MacGeorge about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children. Dr. MacGeorge is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatrician at MUSC Children’s Health.

Turkey Tail Mushrooms

By Alfred Turner

Turkey Tail MushroomsThe Turkey Tail mushroom, Trametes versicolor – also known as Coriolus versicolor and Polyporus versicolor – is a common polypore mushroom found throughout the world.

February 20 is World Day of Social Justice

By Ty Moody

Freedom WalkwayEstablished June 10, 2008 by the United Nations, the World Day of Social Justice is an international day recognizing the need to promote social justice. This includes addressing issues like poverty, exclusion, gender equality, unemployment, human rights, and social protections. The 2020 theme is “Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice.” We want to highlight a few South Carolinians and organizations who have been or continue to serve as advocates for social justice issues. Seeking Common Ground Cardinal Joseph Louis Bernardin was born in 1928 in Columbia, South Carolina, where...

Fowler's Toads

By Alfred Turner

Fowler's toadFowler's toad (Anaxyrus fowleri, formerly Bufo fowleri) is a species of toad in the family Bufonidae. The species is native to North America, where it occurs in much of the eastern United States and parts of adjacent Canada.

Beethoven's First Piano Concerto with Phillip Bush

By Bradley Fuller

c9d9e5a1-5e83-42c9-b4f2-8bb91647c7dbNot long after his arrival in Vienna in late 1792, a young Ludwig van Beethoven was beginning to make an impression in the musical city. The Austrian capital had only a year prior lost one of its other famous residents—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart—and Beethoven showed promising signs of carrying the composer’s legacy forward into a new century. Like Mozart, Beethoven was skilled as both a performer and a composer, using talents in one specialty to highlight those in another. According to pianist Phillip Bush, Associate Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of South Carolina School...

Pockoy Island Dig

By Michael Collins

Bone pinArchaeologists from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources are in a race to salvage evidence of late archaic shell-ring people who lived on Pockoy Island, located in the Botany Bay Heritage Preserve on the coast of South Carolina, as long as 4300 years ago, after a recent discovery in 2016. Some artifacts found include, shell tools and jewelry, Thom’s Creek pottery, and intricately decorated bone pins. “Typical shell deposits, or middens, tend to be horizontal or mounded, but during the late archaic period, for some puzzling reason, there are these donut-shaped rings,” explains...

Roll Cart Collector Sylvester Oestricher | Original SC

By Tabitha Safdi

Roll Cart Collector Sylvester OestricherFor Sylvester Oestricher, working for a company that is looking to the future is important. As a roll cart driver, Oestricher collects recyclable materials from area schools and businesses. His job is not only important because of what he does, but it is also important to him to preserve the planet for his children. "Let's keep the world green, so that we can preserve it for our kids."

Telepsychiatry Plays Critical Role in Residency Training

By John Lewis

A doctor and patient use tele-psychiatry for an appointment.Dr. Josh Jackson found his calling in medical school, after his first experience with psychiatry. “I really felt like I could connect with the patients on a different level than I could on some other specialties,” said Jackson. He’s the chief resident in psychiatry at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, preparing for life after residency training when he’ll be a practicing psychiatrist. He says part of his training involved telehealth, using live video to conduct appointments with patients in remote parts of the state while he stayed in Columbia. “In 2012, we were able to...

The History of Vereen Memorial Gardens

By Brandie Perron

Vereen Memorial GardensThere are many hidden gems in Horry County and one happens to be just off the beaten path in Little River. The Vereen Memorial Gardens provide a treasure trove of history and family descendants have preserved the property, so visitors can experience the area as it once was.